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Jasper can't help it. He bursts out laughing at her description. It was a very human way to view the scent of blood. To Jasper, every scent was different. Some were overwhelmingly savory. Others were sweet, as if made of pure sugar. Alice's, for example, was the most enticing blood he had ever come across. Hers is a blend of floral, and fruity scents, which drives him absolutely crazy.
Getting himself under control, he clears his throat. [b "I'm sorry. I'm not laughing at you. I just didn't think I'd come across someone who hates blood as much as I do,"] he answers swiftly.
She doesn't laugh. She doesn't even seem to hear him. Glancing her way, he finds that her eyes are closed, and her emotions have become a blend of curiosity and disbelief. Above all, suspicion.
Jasper had seen her looks. Had known of her list of theories. The atmosphere in the truck changes to one of tension. Despite being almost to her house, Jasper turns the truck around, heading down a road that will lead them out of town, in to the vast woods.
His jaw tightens with nervousness. She either knew, or she didn't. He could easily correct the situation if she guessed wrong. But if she knew the truth...he doesn't think he'll have the strength to keep hiding it from her.
Alice had remained totally silent, but then slowly she nodded a bit as she curled up in her corner of the truck as Jasper drove. [b "I suppose I understand, I guess, though I'm not really sure I have any true fear beyond having to do something that involves hand-eye coordination."] The softest of smiles turning her lips she would soon huff a sigh as she let her eyes fall close.
[b "I always get dizzy to the point of near-instantly fainting around blood. Not my own blood, but anyone else who's bleeding. I don't even have to see it!"] The pixie like girl groaned a bit at that fact, opening her eyes and glancing at the open-road in front of them as they drove thru Forks. [b "It's just, God, I honestly swear I can smell blood. I know that should be impossible to really smell it, but I can. It smells like rust and salt, and it's such a nauseating thing so that what ends up making me dizzy. You probably think I'm nuts."] The Swan girl quipped just a bit playfully, glancing over towards Jasper before she'd let her brown eyes drift back closed.
As she sat there silently, behind her closed eyelids her thoughts would dance with her theories on how Jasper did what he does. And, like for the past two and a half weeks, her mind kept coming back to the same conclusion on, well, what the Cullen boy—and ultimately the rest of his adopted family—must be. The thought was impossible, though! ...To Alice's sane mine, at least, but with what she's seen since first arriving int he little town in Forks it seemed to be the only answer to her musings.
He frowns quickly. [b "Are you alright? Do you need anything?"] The golden eyes roam over her, assessing any damage.
Her question, however, catches him off guard and halts his movements. Was he going back in? Was it even a good idea? He'd have to sit through a lecture from their bio teacher about how inappropriate it is to walk out, which will lead to detention, and a whole mess that he doesn't feel like getting in to today.
So, he shakes his head 'no'.
His lips tug slightly. [b "I think I can help a damsel in distress,"] he motions for her to move aside so he can get behind the wheel, though he makes sure the windows stay down for fresh air.
It isn't long before Alice is asking the question he's been dreading. In response, he says the first thing that comes to mind. [b "Blood freaks me out. I've had bad experiences."]
Not a total lie. He hates every time he has to drink to satisfy his thirst. He feels like a monster. The less he sees it, the better it is for him. [b "I just...blood makes me...not me. I don't really know if I can describe it. Imagine your worst fear being laid out in front of you, and you can't get away. It's like that whenever I see blood. I don't think straight, and I just want to get away from it. It's connected to memories that I'd rather not hold on to."]
The tiny young woman couldn't help it—she hadn't been expecting the knock on her truck's window, so upon hearing it she had instantly jumped into a sitting-up-straight position and yelped in surprise. Blinking, she'd look over and blush furiously at the sight of Jasper as the blonde boy explained his disappearance from earlier through the window-glass.
It took a few moments for his words to click, but with a sigh Alice would gesture for him to step back before opening her door so they could easier talk. [b "I didn't even notice you left—I was sorta absorbed in my thoughts, and after that I then fainted and cracked my head on the floor upon landing."] Her words were blunt, and glancing at him thoughtfully for a few long moments she suddenly asked, [b "You aren't going back into the school, right? Any chance you could maybe drive me home then, Jasper? I don't think I should be driving right now."] Her tone was honest and when she would, hopefully, receive a positive response from the golden-eyed male she'd smile before knocking her book bag to the passenger-side's floor space before scooting over, sitting int he passenger seat of her truck bed, and then promptly buckling up her seat-belt.
Once they'd eventually start the twenty-minute drive back to her house, there would be a few minutes of silence before Alice would glance over towards him. [b "So... why'd you run out?"] She questioned. The pixie-like girl had heard his 'blood makes me not think' comment, but that wasn't really a reason.
Her scent drifts towards him on the wind. Not her blood; just [i her]. So deliciously Alice. But why was she out of the school? Surely she wasn't coming to look for him? As if the teacher would even let that happen. Still, something could be wrong. It would be another mistake to not check on her.
Taking unneeded breaths to calm his nerves, Jasper gets his emotions and thoughts under control. Rising to his feet, he begins his trek back down the woods, towards Forks High School. It's not hard to find her; especially when her truck door squeaks as she opens it.
Jasper can feel her nausea before he even sets foot on the pavement of the parking lot. He can even hear her talking to herself slightly, which honestly makes a little smile appear.
She doesn't even notice when he approaches her side of the truck. A pale hand rises to knock on the window. [b "I um...I'm sorry about that, in there. Blood makes me...not think,"] he finishes lamely.
How is he even going to begin to explain his freakout? As if she's going to believe that a guy like him gets fidgety around a little blood. Maybe just say that he has a fear of needles? No, that's even more stupid. He's a grown man with various visible scars on his neck and hands. Needles are probably the last thing he's afraid of, to anyone else's thoughts.
Alice was in the office all but five minutes before the nurse suggested sending her home due to her having cracked her head and fainted all at once. The tiny brunette instantly jumped at the opportunity to leave. Mike had left to grab her things from Biology room for her, and within another three minutes she was signed out and doing a slow trek across the parking lot towards her truck as the wind dully blew her short hair around her. [b "The only perk is I didn't have to prick myself...."] These words were muttered to herself. It's not like her own blood made her react that way—hell, she'd hurt herself enough over the years due to her clumsiness to bleed a bit here and there—it was just the smell of other peoples blood that did her in for fainting.
God, that disgusting and despicable smell of it.
Eyes widening with a slight yelp as another wave of nausea overcame her, the shot brunette would stumble slightly upon her feet halfway across the lot and quickly moved over to one of the cars closest by to rest against it for a few moments. [b "Okay, apparently I can't even allow myself to [i remember] the smell of blood right now without keeling over."] This was muttered to herself in a disgruntled tone before shoving off from the random car and after another half a minute she was at her truck. Opening the driver's side door, climbing in, and tossing her backpack on the passenger seat, she'd then shut the door after herself. Just sitting there a few long moment's the Swan girl would blink once before groan and resting her head against the steering wheel with a soft sigh.
[b "If I try driving I'm probably gonna get the truck into a wreck.... Maybe I'll just lay down in hear until school gets out and convince Angela to drive me and my truck home or something...."] Alice thought this aloud to herself in a soft mutter, huffing a sigh as she'd get her chocolate-brown orbs drift shut for the moment.
Fresh air. That's all he needs. If he can surround himself with the smells of nature, he can focus on something other than the sweet blood oozing through -[i [b NO!]]
[b "Stop it, Jasper,"] he growls to himself, clenching a fistful of hair.
He hadn't even been aware that he had been projecting his own feelings of terror, and at the realization that he had been so careless, he feels even more self-loathing. [b "You should be stronger than this! You've been around long enough to know better! Get your shit together!"] his pep talk is spoken out loud, heatedly.
The blonde vampire starts pacing, the bones of his fingers cracking as he clenches his fists tightly. He could have hurt Alice. [i Alice!] The one person he wants more than anything to protect. Her life could have been over because he can't even control himself around a silly little pin prick of the finger.
In his frustrations, Jasper wheels around and punches the trunk of a thick tree, ultimately splitting it down the middle with a nice jagged crack.
He's going to get in to trouble, he knows, for having left the grounds. Esme will be notified, and he'll have to sit under her stare of sympathy and worry. Something she shouldn't have to do, if he could just get a grasp on this thirst. Emmett and the others can, so why is it so difficult for [i him?]
Sitting in the grass, Jasper rests his back against the tree, willing himself to calm down before everyone in the mile radius becomes affected by his projection.
At his question about if she missed him she couldn't help but bark a huff of a laugh. [b "Oh yes, most definitely for without you life is boring."] Alice declared playfully, shooting a grin at Jasper and soon enough they were on their way to the Biology room.
On the way there though, Alice didn't notice the whispers.... All she noticed was a familiar, yet rarely listened, sensation of ice beginning to flow through her veins and absorb her mind and body the closer they got to the class. [i Why am I feeling like this? All I'm doing is walking down the damn hallway.] Once they got to the room, the Swan girl figured she had found the reason for that sensation rattling her bones, and the reason made sense to her; the sight of the needles was not one she preferred and she actually did pale. She stood behind Jasper as he spoke to their teacher, and once the boy had gone of their lab-table the pixie-like girl moved over towards their teacher.
[b "Mr. Roland, honestly? You can't force use to do this. You need permission slips before letting kids do blood labs."] The girl declared, and most of the kids nearby who heard her complaint seemed hopeful this might deter the man from making them go through with this 'lesson' for none of them had been given any pre-warning before this day. [#002ccc "Miss Swan, the lab equipment came a week early and it won't kill any of you to prick your fingers. Now take your seat."] The teacher replied in a harsh tone, and the cold icy feeling running through her veins only increased as she slowly moved over and took her seat next to Jasper.
Her mind was focus on the needle she slowly picked up with shaking fingers, she growing paler and paler as her mind focused solely upon the icy feeling absorbing her mind and senses for all of their attention. She wasn't aware to the world around her, to the way people were reacting and things, and didn't even notice Jasper had suddenly bolted out and away from the classroom and leaving people staring after him in shock.
She was aware, though, once the cold feeling of dread was gone and that left the same moment the Cullen boy did and a sense of relief washed over her.
[i God, thank you. That feeling is gone. But what—?] The Swan girl had begun to ponder this in her thoughts, but they were abruptly cut off as her senses were flooded with a strong scent of rust and salt. Her face pale abruptly and dramatically, and with a soft clatter of the needle against the table top did she promptly fall out of her chair an fall the two and a half feet to the ground in a dead faint.
Many of her classmates shouted her name rather loudly in shock, fear, and unease once they heard the dull crack of bone hitting the floor.
Within minutes Mike Newton was supporting the girl, who had thankfully come back to consciousness despite the crack to her head, and began to lead her down the hall to the Nurse's Office halfway across the school from the biology room.
Despite the uncomfortable feeling of the group's blended emotions -ranging from suspicious, to confused, to nervous- Jasper found himself not exactly hating the seating situation. It was easy enough to speak with Eric and Mike, since he and Emmett followed sports almost religiously. Football wasn't one of his favourites, but he knows the necessary information to keep his side of the discussion flowing. He'd always preferred baseball.
When everyone started packing up for lunch, Jasper hangs back with Alice, but smiles at the others and bids them farewell as they depart for their classes. He makes quick work of tucking his hands in his pockets, to avoid any handshake or fist bump that Mike tries to throw his way.
Turning to Alice, he tunes in to what she's saying. With a shrug, his smile turns a bit shy. [b "I didn't mind. They seem really nice. I actually kind of feel like a jerk for not having talked with them sooner,"] he found this was actually true. [b "Besides, Esme says it's good for me to meet people outside of my family. Helps me keep my sanity,"] he ends with a joke.
At her question, he nods, picking up his books from the table, since he'd already brought them along. [b "I was planning on it. Why? Did you miss me?"] he challenges with a grin, before he even realizes what he's doing.
[b "Come on, we'd better go before all the good seats are taken."]
It's hard to not notice the stares coming their way as they walk side by side down the hall. The whispers are almost amusing, but Jasper does his best to block them out. He's actually enjoying himself.
That is, until they reach the biology lab.
And he sees the stations prepped with needles.
Freezing just inside the doorway, he's sure he would have paled if possible. [b "Not today..."] he murmurs almost silently.
[i "Is there a problem, Mr. Hale?"] their teacher looks expectantly from his desk.
Jasper's fists grip tightly. [b "I can't be here..."] his voice trails off.
[i "It's a mandatory part of the class, Mr. Hale. If you skip it, you get a zero, and risk failing. Now take your seats. If you're queazy about blood, just don't look directly at it."]
If only it were that easy, he thinks to himself. Clenching his teeth, he can practically feel the venom pooling in his mouth already. In his chair, his leg bounces anxiously, praying to stay in control. He doesn't want this to happen. Not here. Not to [i Alice]. He had a hard enough time with little bits of blood, let alone the entire class pricking their fingers.
Time seems to move slowly, and Jasper watches as the needles are grasped, and prepped by his classmates. [i No...no...] [b "No!"] his voice is almost a strangled cry as he bolts from his seat, right as Alice is about to draw her own blood.
He's out the door with the calls of the teacher behind him. Forcing himself to go at a human pace, he makes for the exit, needing to get as far away as possible. The woods would have to do. He doesn't even care that he's made himself look like an idiot. He just needs to get away.
At first when Jasper had asked a certain Swan girl with chocolate brown eyes had just stared up at him almost owlishly, she honestly shocked he was there, and her mouth had remained frozen ever-so-slightly open so she had been unable to think up something to say.
The moment that Angela welcomed Jasper to the table for her? Well... she just adored that fellow female even more then she already did. If there was anyone just like Alice, she knew it was Angela. She had a feeling though, almost an instinct, that she and Bella Cullen could be best friends. If given the chance, they could be the best of friends.
When the blonde said what he did, partially directed at her since he was seeing she could 'vouch' for him, the brunette fell into a dramatically thinking silence with a brief hum.
[b "Oh yeah, most definitely a mute. ...Except if I remember right you made a joke or two, and I'm pretty sure we both got scolded for talking my first day here, so I guess that makes you a [i really] loud mute."] Alice stated bluntly, flashing a playful grin as she did as the others at the table seemed to relax from any tension built by the unusual situation and laughed from the pixie-like girls joking words.
The other teenagers at the table lulled back into the conversations they had been having; Tyler and Lauren chatting, Angela and Jessica talking about some show they'd watched the night before, and Eric and Mike talking about sports. And, surprisingly, Eric and Mike had invited Jasper into the conversation and Alice ended up getting sucked into Jessica and Angela's talking. The pixie-like girl sat comfortably and with complete ease next to the Cullen boy, and her ease seemed to allow the table to treat Jasper, well, as they would anyone else. Even without the Cullen male using his powers, the rest of the table was at ease possibly for the reason Alice was relaxed.
Once lunch was wrapping up, and the others had sort of scampered off though Jessica, Angela, and Lauren were lingering around the cafeteria entrance, Alice was left at the table with Jasper as she was packing up a bit of her school work back into her backpack she hadn't finished fully before lunch and, well, finished during. [b "You know.... You didn't have to sit here if you didn't want to. I mean, it was nice but you don't gotta do it again unless you feel comfortable with it. Not that I think you felt uncomfortable or anything, just—"] Abruptly she cut off her own words, blushing faintly since she had been babbling, and slowly she sucked in a deep breath to ease herself before giving Jasper a warm smile. [b "Thanks for sitting with me, Jasper. You can any time and the invite, like I said Friday, is open to you and your siblings.] Her smile growing a little bigger, the girl would swing her bag up upon her shoulder as she stood up from the lunch table.
[b "So, are you going to be Biology today?"] The Swan girl questioned this out of honest curiosity, she swinging her arms slightly as she awaited his answer. She was unaware, of course, that certain blood-typing would be going on in class that day and blood and a Cullen, particularly the 'youngest' ones, didn't mix.
Lunch couldn't be any more awkward. Even with Emmett trying to crack jokes, Jasper can feel Rosalie's anger still quivering under her skin, and her eyes burning holes in the side of his head.
To ignore her, he's locked Edward in conversation about some baseball game they were anticipating that night, and betting on which team would win. [b "Yankees, without a doubt,"] Jasper insists.
Edward gives a shake of his head. [i "Tigers are on a streak right now. Unstoppable."]
The conversation dies out when Jasper feels Edward lose interest, curiosity filling him as he keeps glancing to the door for Bella, who was growing more late by the second. [i "She probably got sucked in to that Alice Swan vortex, too,"] Rosalie snaps.
Catching the scent of both girls close by. However, Bella comes in after Alice. Feeling guilty that he couldn't hold to his promise of having her join the Cullens for lunch, Jasper hesitates only for a second before standing from his chair. Feeling his brothers and sisters watching him, he takes an unneeded breath, and approaches Alice's table.
[b "Do you guys mind if I join you?"] He asks, fighting to keep his drawl under control. [b "I think my siblings have run out of interesting conversation."]
He can hear Edward snort, and Emmett's gruff of offense, and he fights back a smile.
When no one answers him, his courage wavers a little. [b "Never mind, I'm sure you guys were in the middle of some-"]
[i "No!"] Angela blurts. [i "We're sorry, we're just a little shocked. You tend to keep to yourself. Of course you can join."]
Jasper's smile breaks through and he takes a seat between Alice and Jessica, who he notices is blatantly staring at him. [b "Sorry if I've come across as self-centered or anything like that. I'm just shy, I promise,"] he tries to charm them.
[b "Alice can vouch for that. We're lab partners. She probably thought I was a mute for the first few days of class."]
The entire day had passed rather slowly and throughout it Alice had to admit to herself she was feeling more and more disappointed. She hadn't seen Jasper at all that day, though had captured glances of his siblings walking the halls... and been the victim of a full-on death glare, no mistakes about it, from Rosalie and the pixie-like girl had flinched in response.
Anyways, back to the topic of Jasper. Why exactly was she disappointed that she hadn't caught any view of him that day? Because she had thought he was serious about wanting to apparently escort her about school from now on, but the fact she hadn't seen the blonde boy at all that day made her wonder if he had been joking, and the fact she was disappointed in that possibly having been a joke made the swan girl wanna blush in embarrassment for feeling so let down if it had indeed been a jest. No matter how kind he seemed the blonde still was a teenaged boy. Boys made jokes in the guise of a 'true promise/desire,' and Alice was starting to feel stupid for having believed it by the time for lunch came about the day.
Alice had forgotten something in her History class, had gone back to get it, and while finally heading towards the cafeteria through seemingly empty halls she was suddenly grabbed and slammed against the wall by an older boy who was a good nine inches taller than her.
The boy was one of Ronny Knox's friends, and he had her pined to the side of the hall. A threatening look in his face and tone of voice as he started to try and 'convince' her to drop the charges again the bastard who had assaulted her that past weekend, but just when Alice was considering calling for help someone appeared to play hero.... and that hero was Bella Cullen. With one look the girl who was roughly just four inches taller than the Swan girl had scared off the boy to head towards the gym for football practice like he should have bee already,since he was a part of the team, and Alice would have laughed at how fast the boy scurried away if she hadn't been too busy trying to calm herself down by bending over and covering her face in her hands.
[#006bd6 "...You alright, Alice?"] Bella would asked softly after a moment whilst placing a hand upon the smaller girl's shoulder, and the girl in question hesitated a moment before slowly raising her head and nodding a little. [b "Yeah.... Y-Yeah, I'm fine. A bit tired of getting attack by men, and facing bad luck in general, but I'm fine none the less. Thank you, Bella."] Upon the thanks the Cullen girl couldn't help but raise her eyebrows in minor surprise. [#006bd6 "You remembered my name?"] Her tone sounded almost playful, so in response to it Alice grinned a little before just ever-so-slightly playfully responding, [b "How could I forget? You were one of my 'Knights in Shining Pick-Up Truck' just a couple day ago. Not easily forgotten."] When the taller girl, in response, simply let out a tinkling laugh that was like bells while smiling Alice couldn't help but feel a little warmed on the inside.
[i Nice to know at least on of Jazz's siblings like me.] That had been the tiny brunette's thought, but then she blinked once in surprise at herself. Jazz? Where the hell had that nickname come from and why did it suddenly appear in her mind? Also, how did she even feel significantly familiar enough with Jasper to even grant him a mental nickname?
The girl walked slowly towards the cafeteria, and on the way there Alice discovered why Bella hadn't already been to lunch with her siblings was because she had needed to run by the art classroom real quick for something, since the teacher wouldn't actually be there that afternoon for class. Alice also discovered that Jasper was in school, but just laying low to keep his skin in tact since him and Rosalie had apparently had a fight that weekend. Briefly the tiny, chocolate-color eyed girl felt guilty for she had a feeling that the fight between the two apparent twins had somehow been her fault, but she also felt relieved that the reason Jasper hadn't sought her out was probably because he was trying to keep from facing his sisters wrath.
[center Alice couldn't blame him. His sister was damn scary.]
Once to the cafeteria Bella suggested that Alice go inside first and the Cullen girl would wait five minutes before going inside herself.
So, ultimately, that's just what happened; Alice entered into the cafeteria to through he almost deserted lunch line, only grabbing a lemonade since she understandably wasn't hungry after what had occurred nearly halfway across the school from the lunchroom, and it was three minutes after the Swan girl sat down at her usual table with Jessica, Angela, Eric, Tyler, Mike, and Lauren that Bella Cullen would enter into the cafeteria and almost seemingly glided across the room, due to the grace of her step, towards her usual table with her adoptive siblings.
[i "You stupid, pathetic...."] Rosalie sputters on her words. [i [b BOY!]"]
[b "Well spotted, Rosalie. You really are smarter than most blondes, aren't you?"] Jasper spews back, the Hale twins standing at opposite ends of the living room.
The rest of the family is perched on various pieces of furniture, watching the blowout with looks comprising of concern, frustration, and exhaustion. Even Esme had stopped trying to get between her fueding children, at Carlisle's request.
Rose screeches, crushing her phone beneath her fingers. [i "I've told you how much I hate this human, and you invite her to sit with us at lunch, without even consulting the rest of us? Way to think with your dick!"]
Esme visibly flinches, and scowls. [i "Watch your language!"] she scolds.
[i "Rose, it's not a big deal,"] Emmett stands to try and calm his wife.
She slaps him away and points an accusing finger. [i "Don't even think about taking his side!"]
[b "Wow, I'm glad that you're seeing what everyone wants. How could I have been so selfish?"] Jasper taunts.
Edward and Bella had already cemented their place on Team Jasper, but Emmett is torn between his brother, and his fiery wife. Carlisle and Esme have remained neutral.
[i "She's a human! Are you that sick and twisted that you want her around to torture yourself? You know that nothing can happen!"]
If Jasper could flush in embarrassment, he would be. [b "I like her company, Rosalie! Why is it such a bad thing for me to have a friend?"]
She snorts. [i "This isn't a friendship, Jasper. This is you having the hots for a human, that you can never have."]
He picks up the smallest flare of jealousy. Crooking an eyebrow, he looks at her. [b "Is this jealousy, Rose?"] He takes a step forward, ignoring Emmett's warning growl. [b "You can't stand the idea that a human can get to me, while I've never so much as batted an eye at you. Are you that vain, that you can't stand the thought of me being attracted to her, but not you?"]
Without missing a beat, Rosalie's hand makes contact with Jasper's face, hard enough for a small crack to appear on his jaw. Emmett is fuming, but Rose is eminating pure hatred, though Jasper feels a waver in her emotions. Is that guilt?
Without another word, his brother and sister leave for their room, while Jasper remains with his parents, and calmer siblings. [b "Was that too far?"] his voice is almost silent, but he knows they will hear him.
[i "I think she's more frightened of her brother getting himself in too deep with trouble. She doesn't want to see you hurt, Jasper."] Esme's voice is filled with disappointment, and one by one, the Cullens disperse, leaving Jasper to sink in to the couch.
By Monday morning, Rosalie has still not said a word to him. Jasper looks to her locker beside his, knowing that she wasn't about to get her books if he was waiting there.
[i Pssh, yeah right. No offense but I'll believe the fact that girl is apparently 'like that with everyone' once she starts looking at everyone, and not just me, with an expression seeming like she wants to rip throats out.] These had been Alice's thoughts in response to Jasper's words upon Rosalie, however her outward appearance remained neutral so he wouldn't be able to know what she truly thought since, well, in a physical response she had simply nodded her head once in a non-committing way so she wouldn't have to properly agree or disagree with his claim about his sister.
Within the hour, after some much needed pouting about how Jasper shouldn't make fun of her being short, and playfully added in a still pouting way it was everyone else in the world's fault for being so tall to make her so short.
They had talked a bit during the ride into Forks, he parked in front of her house, and then Alice had bid Jasper of the Cullen family a good night, with a kind and honest 'See ya Monday!' before heaving off into the house to deal with whatever response Charlie might give due to her physical and overall outward appearance.
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The rest of the weekend, which consisted of the last few hours of Friday night, all of Saturday, and all of Sunday, would pass by in somehow slow but still busy manner.
Once having gotten inside and Charlie saw the state she was in he was instantly in a mix of both his worried-father/angry police chief persona and Alice had explained what had happened despite having edited the facts slightly.
She told her father every last detail about what happened with Ronny Knox, but when asked how she got home she said it had only been Bella who found her at the side of the road, took her to get cleaned up since everyone else had supposedly been gone from the house at the time, and that was why the only shoes that she could loan her had been an extra pair one of her brothers always had lying around.
The rest, currently, was history. Ronny had been arrested that same night, his father had refused to pay bale, and the idiot actually admitted to what he did in a video-recorded confession. So to avoid trial, because the brown-eyed and short-haired brunette just didn't want to deal with it any further, Ronny actually pleaded a deal to serve four months in jail. He'd have to repeat his senior year, since he'd be missing the last months of school.
Angela had called Saturday morning at about nine, word having spread around town the idiot known as R.K. by his friends had been arrested though no one sad, and asked if Alice knew what happened. The Swan girl had told her the truth and within the hour Mike, Angela, Tyler, Jessica, and Eric had been on her doorstep and stayed until after dinner and once he got home, honestly, Charlie stated he was glad he had stayed late at the station so he wouldn't have to face the horror of a house full of teens.
Now it was the beginning of a new school week and it was with a sigh that Alice would slowly turn into the parking lot of Forks Highschool. The bruise on her face had changed from the red mark to a fresh, dark, and painful bruise just bellow her eye which was still an imprint of a Forks Football ring clear as day. The area had also gotten a lot more tender, and the poor pixie-like girl couldn't wait until it was expected to be fully gone from existence in two weeks at the earliest, three weeks at the latest.
[b "Time to get started with the day. ...Ugh, it's gonna feel like the first day all over again, isn't it? At least everyone probably knows so they likely won't ask questions...."] The Swan girl muttered this two herself thoughtfully once having parked her thundering old Ford and killed the engine, however it was with a sigh that she'd shrug her backpack over one shoulder, open the door, and hop down to the ground from the cab of her truck before slamming the door shut behind herself once upon her two feet.
Her comments make him smile. [b "Rosalie has never been all that social. She can be stubborn, and self-centered. She means well, though. Most of her hostility comes from all the rumors spread about the family. She's just trying to protect us. It's not really you, I promise."]
When she brings up the time, his eyes move to the clock. Sure enough, it was getting pretty late. Then she mentions her shoe dilemma. Suppressing a playful grin, Jasper moves to the hall. [b "I'm sure I can find a pair of slippers or something. Bella's always keeping this place stocked. She knows Emmett and Edward like to hike up here,"] he adds.
Unfortunately, it seems like the only footwear left in the house are a pair of Emmett's boots. Holding them up when he returns, there's no hiding the grin. [b "Maybe just slide your feet along the ground, instead of actually lifting them up."]
It's almost too funny to look at. Alice looks even more dwarfed in the size sixteen boots. Jasper walks behind her to make sure she doesn't fall, and holds the door while she gets in to the car. [b "I'm sure Charlie is going to be thrilled that I'm bringing you home in this state."]
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